Nicole Yen

Course Title: Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Introduction to Marine Biology

Nicole Yen is a Ph.D. student of Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego. She has served as a Laboratory Technician in the lab of Dr. Greg Rouse, Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on phylogenetics and biogeography of deep sea marine invertebrates. She has also worked as a Student Research Assistant using skeletochronology and stable isotopes to study the life history of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles, as well as working in the Scripps Whale Acoustic Lab, monitoring passive acoustics and identifying signature whistles of six bottlenose dolphins at Shedd Aquarium using MATLAB.

  • University of Queensland, Australia, Marine Biology and Terrestrial Ecology, Education Abroad.
  • BS in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, with a minor in Marine Science, University of California, San Diego
  • MS in Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego
  • Ph.D. in Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego (in process)

Nicole was a co-instructor for this past Summer's UC San Diego Academic Connections 2016. She has worked as a Graduate Student Educator at Birch Aquarium, where she created and designed visitor activity (Explore it: The deep dark depths of the ocean-Deep sea adaptations). Nicole has also served as a Teaching Assistant in Urban Ecology and Environmental Issues: Natural Sciences, as well as a Science Education Assistant Instructor (4th grade) for the Ocean Discovery Institute.

  • Ross, S., Freeman, H., & Yen, N. (2013) A multidisciplinary assessment of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Do ex-pet and ex-performing chimpanzees differ from those with more typical early life histories? Oral communication, IV Iberian Primatology Conference. Girona, Spain.
  • Cavole, L.M., A.M., Demko, R.E. Diner, A. Giddings, I. Koester, C.M.L.S. Pagniello, M. Paulsen, A. Ramirez- Valdez, S.N. Schweneck, N.K. Yen, M.E. Zill and Franks P.J.S. (in press). Biological impacts of 2013-2015 Warm- Water Anomalies in the Northeast Pacific: Winners, Losers and the Future. The Oceanography Society.